Tyson Specht

TYSON WARD SPECHT (January 8, 1969 to January 10, 2008)—Tyson passed away at VGH with his family at his side. Tyson is greatly missed by his wife, Katrin and her sons, mother and father Sheron and Don, sister and brother-in-law Alexa and Alan Easton, nieces Kaitlyn and Nicola, nana Esther Cooper and a group of faithful friends and extended family who were there for him in his final months. In his early years Tyson excelled in athletics, particularly hockey and soccer, but is best remembered and loved for the artistic talent, stoicism, polite demeanor, sense of humor and infectious smile that marked his short but exuberant life. In 1988 he began a brave struggle with constant pain when serious car accident injuries were exacerbated by hepatitis C infection from a blood transfusion. To save his life when Hep C all but destroyed his liver, on April 11, 2007 Tyson and Katrin embarked on his last great adventure to China where 5 months treatment kept him alive until he received a liver transplant September 11, 2007. Back home with his new liver on October 10, 2007 he began receiving anti-rejection treatment at VGH Transplant centre. Sadly, just before his 39th birthday Tyson contracted a virulent infection that ended his life. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Li and the China transplant team, the VGH Transplant centre doctors, nurses and other kind and capable medical staff who tried so hard to help him live. Specially acknowledged are friends, Robert Valley (accompanied by his wife, Kung) who went to China to be with Tyson, Hugh Shearer (who lives there) and Flora (Zheng Yanfang), resident interpreter and assistant, without whose help he could not have managed the China experience. A celebration of Tyson’s life will be held at 2 pm January 26th at Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Rd, North Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, please consider becoming an organ donor or donating to the BC Transplant Society or SPCA. (The Province 20 January 2008: E10)